Brother Cadfael's Penance (Brother Cadfael Series #20)

Brother Cadfael's Penance (Brother Cadfael Series #20)

by Ellis Peters

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While Cadfael has bent Abbey rules, he has never broken his monastic vows—until now. Word has come to Shrewsbury of a treacherous act that has left 30 of Maud's knights imprisoned. All have been ransomed except Cadfael's secret son, Olivier. Conceived in Cadfael's soldiering youth and unaware of his father's identity, Olivier will die if he is not freed.

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ISBN-13: 9780446404532
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/1996
Series: Brother Cadfael Series , #20
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 521,379
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Although she wrote under a number of pseudonyms, Edith Mary Pargeter (1913-1995) is perhaps best known as the mystery author Ellis Peters. Pargeter wrote the Brother Cadfael series featuring a medieval Benedictine monk. She won many writing awards during her lifetime and a number of her Brother Cadfael books were made into television movies.

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Brother Cadfael's Penance (Brother Cadfael Series #20) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven’t read a Brother Cadfael mystery in many years. I did read most of the early books & I was reminded why. As always interesting characters & an interesting glimpse into what life was like back then. This book did take me awhile to get into & almost gave up on it but once the action picked up I enjoyed it. I will be looking to see if there are more recent books I didn’t read
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wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cadfael's son Oliver de Bretagne, is captured and there's a refusal to acknowledge where he is and there's no demand for ransom but there are rumours and Cadfael has an opportunity to attend a conference and find out about him. To add to the confusion a contentious nobleman is dead, apparently by Oliver's Brother-in-Law Yves Hugonin, and as usual Cadfael intervenes to help.Added to that are some serious issues that Cadfael has to deal with about his vocation and his loyalty to the order. I'm sad to see that this is the last in the series, and it's a good end to the series.
benfulton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's odd that this was the last Cadfael mystery, as the issues that are dealt with are really life-resolving, now-I-can-die-in-peace sorts of issues. Perhaps Ms. Peters had an inkling that this would be the last, or near last, of her brilliant series. As with all in the series, the historical detail is incredible and the characters seem to fit perfectly into their times. Almost for the first time we see the intensity and determination that must have been the soldier Cadfael, but without ever losing the serenity of the monk. There is a murder but it's almost an afterthought to the main plot. A lovely ending to the series starring one of the most thoroughly likable characters in all of detective fiction.
antiquary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
not my favorite in this series, but still good
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Here we have Brother Cadfael of the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury musing upon the shortening days of November and the fleeting nature of life. "It may be that God is reminding me that I am approaching my November. Well, why regret it?...go contentedly into the earth with the moist, gentle, skeletal leaves, worn to cobweb fragility, like the skins of very old men..." But Cadfael has yet a task to do, a responsibility of fatherhood now that his son made known to him only recently, is in mortal danger. Will Cadfael break his vow of obedience to the Benedictine order to fulfil this responsibility? Will the pull of the calm within the pale draw him back from the world he re-enters to help his son? We are charmed by Ellis Peters in this the last book of her Brother Cadfael series, charmed by her beautiful imagery, colorful portrayal of the medieval world and her leading character, a man who bridges the best of the world he long served and the cloister he loves.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good. Like most Ellis Peters, very rich characters - established and new ones alike. There's a lot in this one about fathers and sons, and ties that bind even where there's no understanding. But a happy ending, overall - even the one who despaired of rulers finds a place for himself. And it's great to see Olivier again.
DWWilkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have reviewed many of these in this series in the last few days as I try to finish the series before the end of 2008. Well one to go, but after this, the penultimate, can it get better? If you can get past that there is little need for a mystery, for the body is truly a device to continue the action of what is a first rate historical. We have spent twenty tales with Cadfael and Hugh and the others of the times. We have Bishop de Clinton, and Earl Beaumont, and even King Stephen. Now we meet Empress Maud but more importantly her nephew Phillip. The tale of what takes place in and around the events of the Coventry Peace conference of 1145 and how Cadfael and Hugh find their way there and the actions that Cadfael must see to of a personal nature is worth the price of admission.The body, the murder is not important. We have 19 tales that have set this up to be what Pargeter, what Peters seems to do better, give us the setting of this civil war and a story to encompass it. This is the must read of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago